New apartment complex features latest technology
As project manager and constructor of the development of the $80 million Victoria Street Precinct apartments, Redican Allwood is celebrating another success with the project completed a month ahead of programme, despite some of the most challenging weather conditions Wellington has experienced for some years.
Redican Allwood was appointed by apartment developers CS No.1 Limited about two and a half years ago.
Construction of Victoria Street Precinct’s northern tower began in August 2016, and was completed in November, 2017.
Next on the agenda is the southern tower, then Pinnacles apartments which will keep Redican Allwood on site until December 2019.
Victoria Street Precinct, on the corner of Ghuznee and Victoria Streets, is in the heart of Wellington City Council’s new Victoria Street renewal.
The architecturally designed Victoria Street Precinct comprises of 140 apartments, with contemporary interiors to present a modern look, accentuated by high quality appliances, fixtures, and fittings.
Built to current New Zealand Building Code, all units are double glazed and fully insulated throughout.
Both towers feature enhanced earthquake technology in their foundations and are constructed to 120% of NBS All 140 of the Victoria Street Precinct apartments were sold off the plans.
Redican Allwood managing director Calum Finlayson says the successful completion of Victoria Street Precinct’s northern tower was largely due to a hardworking and committed team on site, and Redican Allwood senior project manager Wayne Cornelius’s vision on site was outstanding.
The client was involved in the programming and staged handover of apartments. “At the full height of this contract, there were 260 guys on site, including our regular set of subcontractors,” Calum says.
“All of our staff and all of the subcontractors bought into the contract. “The guys worked big hours through all sorts of weather and early starts.”
Wellington’s wettest, wildest winter threw the team on site its fair share of challenges. Wind gusts at the top of the 14storey high crane reached 160km per hour on numerous occasions. “The crane has to stop working at 75km per hour,” Calum says.
“With that and the wettest winter we’ve had in Wellington for a long time, it had its challenges with concrete pours. But the project has still come in a month ahead of programme. A big thank you must go to our site based management team, carpenters, apprentices, subcontractors, suppliers, and consultants.”
Redican Allwood has been in business since 1986, and today is generally found working in Wellington, undertaking a range of commercial construction projects including apartment buildings of all sizes, aged care facilities, rest homes and hospitals, head offices, and emergency inf rastructure.
Redican Allwood runs a team of about 60 staff, and up to 300 regular subcontractors.
The company supports the employment and training of apprentices, managing to train six each year.
“We have recruited some of the finest people available including qualified carpenters, apprentices, and hammer hands,” Calum says.
“All of our staff members show care and diligence towards the projects that they are assigned to.
They are encouraged to take ownership of their work, and they are expected to make positive contributions to ensure the successful completion of projects.”